Egypt lifts travel ban on 91 officials
Habib al-Adly - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO:  A prosecution judge lifted Thursday a travel ban imposed on 90 officials suspected in corruption cases in which former Minister Habib al-Adly and 12 other defendants being tried, Youm7 reported.

“There is no basis to charge the 91 officials of various state institutions, mainly of the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Transport , and the Central Auditing Agency (CAO),” investigative judge Mohamed Abdel Rahman said in a statement.

The 91 officials were acquitted of embezzlement charges after paying back money they had obtained through the treasury; according to the judge’s statement, the officials faced charges of embezzling more than 1 billion EGP ($127 million.)

In 2012, parliamentary Mostfa Bakry filed a lawsuit against Adly and 12 others officials from the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Finance over embezzeling more than 2.3 billion EGP of Ministry of Interior’s treasury between 2000 and 2011.

The investigations revealed that Adly had exploited his position as Minister of Interior and signed on decisions to give cash allowances and bonuses to police personnel in the ministry under the pretext of “reserves of contingencies against security threats,” a phrase that was not included in the ministry’s budget.

On Jan. 11, the General Prosecution charged Adly and other co-defendants and set Feb.7 for the first session of their trail.

Adly was acquitted of graft charges in March 2015 by a court ruling which annulled decisions that had frozen his and his family’s assets. However, he is being re-tried for the last time with former President Hosni Mubark and other six- police leaders after being acquitted of killing peaceful demonstrators in January 25, 2011 uprising.

Adly received a final court verdict of three years imprisonment over exploiting conscripts during his position.

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